The Colliefields – Yes! We are trail friendly.

Collie is one of the few Trail Towns on both the Bibbulmun and Munda Biddi Trails. Every year hundreds of trail users pass through town and many of them spend a night or two at The Colliefields. Proprietors, Michélè  and Gary make everyone welcome and go out of their way to make sure their guests are well looked after.

Secure storage for bikes and cars

One of the challenges of walking or riding the track is managing the logistics of transport and working out the best place to leave a car for the return journey. It often means getting someone to drive long distances to provide transport, or doing the car shuffle, and back tracking every few days; never being quite sure if your car will still be there when you return.
 
Not if you are staying at the Colliefields. There is a secure yard at the rear of the building, where you can leave your car until you return or lockup your bike overnight. 
 

Track Transfers

The Colliefields can also pick you up and drop you off at the trail if necessary. Ring ahead if possible, so they can make sure there is a driver available, when you need a ride. Or if things go wrong and you need to get to town in a hurry, The Colliefields will collect you and get you settled into the hotel, until you are able to make your way home.
 

Hot showers and comfy beds

As nice as it is sleeping under the stars, there is nothing like a wonderful hot shower and a nice warm comfortable bed. Every one who stays at the Colliefields comments on the awesome rainfall shower heads, but then after a few days on the track any shower would seem like bliss.

They offer a range of rooms including single, twin, double and dorm rooms. All at very affordable prices.

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Comfy beds

 Free breakfast

Breakfast selection

A scrumptious, continental breakfast is included with the price of your room and includes toast, cereal, milk, yoghurt,  fruit, tea, coffee and juice.

The down stairs dining room opens early and you can purchase a full cooked breakfast at any time of the day or order a packed lunch for on the track

Free washing machines for guests

All guests at The Colliefields have access to washing machines at no extra cost.

Guest lounge

There is a comfy lounge where guests like to gather and share trail experiences or relax in front of the TV after a long day walking or riding. If only those walls could talk. They would have more than one hundred years of tales to tell!

The Colliefields are not licenced these days, but there are several pubs withing walking distance, serving ice cold beers and wholesome meals. 

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Centrally Located

You will find The Colliefields on Throssell Street, which is the main street running through town. It’s easily identified by it’s striking purple exterior. Only a short walk to the supermarket, banks, post office and anywhere else you may need to go, it’s the perfect location.

Contact them by phone 9734 2052 or email welcome@colliefields.com and say Why i #visitcollie sent you.

Collie Canvas and Camping World stock a huge range of supplies for on the track. Crank’n Cycles Collie carry a range of spare parts and can provide emergency repairs if required.

Today we rode Ray’s Trail!

Winter gave a brief pause, enough for us to throw the Mountain Bikes in the back of the car and head out to check out Rays Trail. Only a short 5 minute drive out of town along Harris River Road, Rays Trail offers convenient parking right at the trail head in a large gravel carpark. We offloaded the bikes and set off. 

We’re no MTB experts by any means, super novices in fact. But that’s the beauty of mountain biking, you don’t really need that expensive bike to have a great time. Rays Trail is a family friendly 8km loop and is largely set on the side of a large hill. So there’s plenty of fast downhill action. The flipside to that is there’s plenty of uphill to battle too! 

Featuring a log ride and plenty of small jumps and logs to negotiate there’s enough to keep most happy. We were kept company by a flock of noisy Red Tailed Cockatoos as we tackled the course. 

 

Rays Trail Log Ride

Setting off around noon we arrived back at the carpark around 2pm. We included plenty of breaks along the way for some water and photographs. Also Located on Harris River Road is the Harris River Estate Winery. An excellent choice for a lunch and cellar door visit. The winery also has Cabins for accomodation and are ideally situated to take advantage of not only Rays Trail but the nearby Martys and Dead Cats Trails.

It was a fun afternoon with a few challenging obstacles and more than a few fun fast downhill sections. Well worth a visit in our book!

Rays Trail Log Roll
Harris River Estate Winery

We Ride the Sika Trail

Dual Use Trail

The Sika Trail is located in Wellington National Park 20 minutes west of Collie. It is a dual purpose trail, suitable for mountain bike riding and bush walking.

Starting at Kiosk at the Dam, it winds its way through some magnificent jarrah and marri bushland, passes Potters Gorge and finishes back at the kiosk, where you can relax with a cold drink and salad roll or hot coffee and delicious home baked cakes at the end of your ride.

The total trail is 10 km but could easily be broken into two separate sections. It took me about an hour and a half to ride the section from Wellington Dam Rd/Potters Gorge to the Kiosk and back again, stopping along the way to rest and take photos and enjoying a refreshing swim at the end of my ride.

The trail is rated as moderate difficulty. Allow 3-4 hours to complete the entire trail depending on your level of experience and fitness and if you are walking or cycling.

Trail Section.
Great views.
Spot for a rest.
Alfresco in the National Park

Network of Trails to Choose From

The trail is part of a network of trails in the Wellington National Park including the Jabitj and the Kurliiny Tjenangitj  that allow you to ride all the way from the Kiosk at the Dam and Potters Gorge to Honeymoon Pool. The famous Munda Biddi that starts in Mundaring near Perth and goes all the way to Albany on the south coast also passes through the area providing multiple options for walking and cycling adventures.

Don’t Own a Bike?

If you are keen to have a ride but do not own a suitable bike you can hire one from the Kiosk at the Dam or Crank’n Cycles in Collie

A weekend get away with a difference!

The cooler months are right around the corner, further south it comes even sooner (and even more so for us up in the hills). Collie is famous for its chilly weather and misty mornings. Our first instinct is to hibernate for the winter months and look forward to those warm days once again. However the middle of the year is a great time to get out and explore our state. 

 The Bunbury Geographe region, of which Collie is a part, is home to some terrific destinations all ripe for discovery. The area, is yet to be busy with holiday makers so the roads are quieter and there’s far less crowds to deal with. The 7 regions that make up #BunGeo all have something unique to offer, whether its picking your own fruit off the tree in Donnybrook or rummaging around the antique and quirky stores in Balligup to lingering on Bunbury’s cafe strip. Below we’ll outline what #visitCollie reckons is a pretty good itinerary to start you off in the region that’s got something for everyone.

Those gorgeous Autumn colours are here...now!

The Collie River Valley is located just over two hours south of Perth, Western Australia and boasts some of the most stunning scenery in the South West. Your GPS or Google Maps will tell you to head south from Perth along the Forrest Highway then, just before Bunbury head east on Raymond Rd to link up with the Coalfields highway. This is the traditional way to go, its a scenic route up the mighty Roelands hill, looking back west you’ll be treated to a stunning view of the coast below. However, we’ll let you in on a little detour off the main highway which is actually quicker and arguably even more scenic.

 

 

The “Mornington Road Way” starts off the South Western Highway just south of Wokalup (just south of Harvey). You’ll notice the large buildings of the Harvey Agricultural School on the corner. This winding country road gently elevates you up over the same hills that you may follow all the way from Armadale in Perth’s south. The South Western Highway may well be WA’s route 66 in some respects. The newer Forrest Highway is a more direct way south from Perth however, the now almost forgotten parallel highway next door offers an alternative for those seeking something different and interesting to watch roll past on the drive. Patience must be practiced, it’s single lane in most parts but offering overtaking lanes often enough to pass when need be. If you do take Forrest Highway, there are several good roads to take to cross over onto South Western Highway. Pinjarra Road and Forrestry Rd \ Uduc Road both bring you across to the SW Highway at both Pinjarra and Harvey – these are well placed for a bathroom or coffee break as they are both roughly halfway points on the trip.

 

Once turned onto Mornington Road, enjoy the trip from here on in, you’ll encounter little in the way of traffic and the vista is stunning. Use caution though – it is single lane and (in that is classic country road style) its gorgeously winding. Steady steady, you’re almost at your destination now! Follow the signage to Collie. The final T-Junction will be a right turn to the town centre, a left will take you to Harris River Estate Winery and the Harris Dam. The Dam is worth a visit, a beautiful BBQ area in a bush setting is a nice picnic spot. More on the Winery later!

Acommodation Options.

The Collie River Valley is famous for its camping, however there are plenty of accommodation options available if those chilly mornings in a tent aren’t your thing! If historic old country pubs are your more your style, you’re in luck! Collie is loaded to the eyeballs with them. The Colliefields Hotel has been converted into a cafe / backpackers that offers clean single, twin, double and dorm rooms at prices you can’t go past. The cafe serves a great range of food and really, really good coffee. Seriously. Alternatively, The Federal Hotel just up the road has that classic country pub vibe, with a family friendly focus and a great alfresco area the meals are generous and both have the open wood fires roaring in winter. If a modern motel or apartment stay is more your deal you can’t go past the Collie Ridge Motel, at the western entrance to town you won’t miss it!

You can read up more about the Colliefields in our recent blog here.

Colliefields & Federal Hotel

What to do...

Now that the bags are unpacked and you’re looking to explore we’ve an itinerary that’s so jam packed you’ll be battling to fit it all in, maybe pick the items that best suit your situation and there’s always next time to tick off the rest! 

Known for its power generation, Collie is fast shaking off those past stereotypes and emerging as a tourism destination. Still slightly raw and edgy it lacks a little polish found in some long established tourist towns, but you may find that’s half the charm! A mix of 1900’s architecture and modern built buildings means there’s a real eclectic mix of styles as you wander the streets of the town centre. With a compact CBD you can leave the car at your accommodation and enjoy a stroll around town. Nosing in the quirky gift shops or visit the great Bakery in the main street. Central Park is a real delight, featuring a terrific kids nature playground, a water park and a vintage train carriage re-purposed as a cafe, Wagon 537 serves up awesome coffees, milkshakes for the kids and some truly delicious food in their own unique style. You can read more about Central Park in our blog post here.

Collie CBD

Award winning winery.

Harris River Estate Winery is set on 24 hectares of vineyard and is a vine to bottle producer which means they produce everything start to finish, in house. The cellar door offers gorgeous views over the vines, dam and state forest beyond. Enjoy their Tapas style menu on the verandah as you while away the afternoon. This family run operation has expanded to also produce their own cider and have an in house mircro-brewery. On-site accommodation in one of their two cosy cabins is also available.

Harris River Estate

Go deep underground and back in time!

Take a step back in time with a trip underground in the replica underground coal mine. Situated at the Collie Visitors Centre, you can enjoy a guided tour with one of their three very knowledgeable, now retired underground miner tour guides. Bookings available by calling the Visitors Centre on 9734 2051 and arranging a tour. The Visitors Centre is open Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm Saturday 10am – 3pm and Sunday 10am – 2pm. Guided tours take around one hour or you may prefer a self guided tour which is possible during the visitors centre opening times, no appointment necessary. 

Replical Mine tours

Its too cold to swim, but you've got to check out...

Black Diamond lake is now an instagrammers hotspot. Made famous in recent times due to those incredible images on social media, the abandoned mine void hasn’t been in use since the early 1950’s. Now flooded, the limestone bottom along with a clear sky combine to radiate a magnificent azure blue. Even with the cooler weather, the site is a must see and worthy of a selfie or family photo before making plans to revisit in the summer months for a swim!

You can find our more by visiting our Black Diamond blog here.

Black Diamond Lake

You may think its hard to beat Black Diamond. But what if we told you BD has a bigger and arguably better cousin?

Stockton Lake is found a few kilometers east of Collie. Also an abandoned mine its also one of a series of blue lakes in the Collie region. Black Diamond is under a rehabilitation program and may not be available for camping for some time it is a day visit area only. Stockton however is a brilliant campsite. Large open sites suit large groups. The water is used for water skiing in the summer months. Well worth a visit for that classic blue water shot!

You can find out more about Stockton Lake by clicking here.

Stockton Lake

Wellington National Park is a true gem and worth a day in itself. Home to the famous Honeymoon Pool, Potters Gorge, the Kiosk, Wellington Dam wall and Lennard Drive you’ll have a ball immersing yourself in all things “Welly Dam”.

Honeymoon Pool needs little introduction – part of the Preston River (which is fed from the Wier wall) Honeymoon Pool is famous for its stunning natural setting. Also famous for its freezing water, but this time of year that won’t bother us! Featuring free BBQ’s and picnic tables plus a convenient toilet block, HP is the perfect spot for a family picnic and nature time with the kids. Follow the path along the river or take a left before you leave the area towards Gelcoat rapids for an incredible bushwalk along the whitewater. See if you can find the massive granite boulder, climb it for an impressive family portrait! You can read more about Honeymoon Pool in our blog here.

Honeymoon Pool

Lennard Drive is a one way, sealed road that extends from the bottom of the Dam wall in the Wellington National Park to River Road. Along this gorgeous winding route you’ll come across four stunning locations, all well signposted and including a small area to safely park your vehicle. The Rapids, Little Rock, Big Rock and Long Pool are dotted along this drive. Each one is breath taking and well worth a stop and photo opportunity. Another one to remember for your return visit in the warmer months. Continue on Lennard Drive after your stop at Long Pool, turn right at the end and you’ll arrive back at Honeymoon Pool. You can read more about Lennard Drive at our post here.

The stunning Long Pool

Find that bit of Culture!

The Collie Art Gallery was officially opened in 2015. This incredible building celebrates Collie’s thriving arts scene. The building consists of 150 square meters of gallery space plus a 50 square meter studio, storage and working space. The gallery displays exhibitions of national importance as well as local arts and crafts. The lobby hosts a eclectic mix of local arts and crafts available to purchase and is a must see on your next visit to town. see https://www.collieartgallery.org.au/ for current and upcoming exhibitions.

Bring your Mountain Bike, its the Wagyl Biddi you see!

Collie’s newest mountain bike trail network, the Collie Wagyl Biddi, was officially opened recently, just in time for the Australia Day long weekend.

Hundreds of avid mountain bikers, as well as complete novices, have already had a go at the new nine-kilometre trail network with a series of connected trails built to beginner and intermediate level, including 4.5 kilometres of trails suitable for hand-cycles.

The Trail Head is located at Soldier’s Park on Lefroy Street in Collie and has toilets, water and parking, as well as a playground, skate park and barbecue facilities, making the trail a great all-round family experience.

You can read more about the Wagyl Biddi Trail in our blog post here.

On your way out of town...

So how did we do? 

We think that’s not a bad little weekend away in the region, there’s plenty more to see and do, so stay tuned for another suggested weekender in the near future. Once your bags are packed and you’re thinking of heading home, you may chose to head back via Mornington Road or for a change of scenery take Throssell Street heading west out of town to link onto Coalfields Highway and down the big hill back towards the South West or Forrest Highway. 

Alternatively if you’ve some time left and want one more adventure before you head back to reality, why not take a slight detour to visit our gorgeous neighbour, the Ferguson Valley. Fast becoming known for its jaw dropping scenery, micro breweries and wineries also, The Ferguson Valley is only 30 minutes away via Mungalup / Pile Rd and is home to the world famous Gnomesville! Now’s the perfect opportunity to stop by and visit this now iconic location. Don’t forget to BYO gnome to place amongst their new friends. The kids will love it!

#visitCollie Recommend the nearby Moody Cow Brewery for lunch!

Iconic Gnomesville

Holiday Shenanigans – check these ideas out!

It’s school holiday time again and thoughts of what to do to keep the kids occupied. We have four great holiday ideas to keep them busy for hours and have them sleeping soundly at the end of the day!

CURRAWONG PUMP TRACK

Currawong Pump Track - Potters Gorge, Wellington National Park

The Currawong Pump Track is located near the Potters Gorge Campground in Wellington National Park just two hours south of Perth, WA and only half an hour inland from Bunbury. The purpose built track is suitable for riders of all abilities and makes a great holiday activity for the kids. It will keep them amused for hours while you relax nearby or even ride a loop or two yourself.  So if you are camping in the region, don’t forget to pack the bikes!

All that activity is going to make everyone hungry! Picnic tables and BBQs are provided for you to cook up a feast to fill those hungry tummies. 

The day use car park is around to the right on the way in and there are clean long drop toilets provided. 

 

You can even camp right next to the track! Adults $11, Concession $7 and Children $3 per night. With so much to do in the area you could easily fill several days. Browse the posts on our website or Facebook page for more ideas or stop in at the Collie Visitor Centre. 


CENTRAL PARK IN THE CBD

This new modern Nature Play style playground is the centre piece of the new Collie Town Centre. It’s a definite favourite with both locals and visitors. There’s plenty of green grass to run around on and an array of fun and challenging play equipment to test skill and endurance.  They are sure to use up all that holiday energy they seem to have so much of.  Plus ample, shaded seating for the grown-ups and several food outlets nearby to keep everyone refueled, refreshed and on the go. It’s even got a free water playground to cool off in when the weather is warm enough.

Free Water Playground
Central Park Playground


REPLICA UNDERGROUND COAL MINE AND COALFIELDS MUSEUM

Once inside The Replica Mine it looks and feels like you are really underground. The guided tours are taken by retired miners with a wealth of knowledge and stories that bring the experience to life. The kids will be enthralled for ages. Hear them talk about the horses they worked with underground and the challenging conditions they faced. See the old hand held drills and other equipment that was used to mine the coal. Quite different to the modern machines used today.

The replica coalmine is attached to the Collie Visitor Centre and costs $5 for adults and $2 for children. Contact the Visitor Centre for tour times. They can often arrange a tour at a time to suit your group.

 

If you are on a tight holiday schedule, you can take a self-guided tour. There are plenty of interpretive panels and TV screens providing a peek into the past.

Replica Underground Coal Mine
Coalfields Museum

The Coalfields Museum, located in the old Road Board building, has recently had a make-over and is looking fantastic. The museum staff and volunteers have uncovered treasures they didn’t know they had, hidden away in boxes and store rooms. These items have now been catalogued, cleaned and displayed for visitors to marvel at. I have to admit to being a bit of a museum fan but I have never seen such an extensive collection as this. It includes the Golden Crust Bakery horse drawn delivery cart and the original Geldert and Sons truck. It was one of the first trucks to operate in Collie. There is early mining equipment and household items. There is even a typewriter with the last letter it was used for still in the machine!

Don’t forget to ask the staff for a treasure hunt sheet to keep the kids busy.

The museum is open Thursday to Monday and costs $5 for adults and $2.50 for children.

You will find it just across the road from the Visitor Centre on Throssell St at the western entrance to town.

 

 

 

Rummaging around a Museum can be thirsty work but never fear because we have several great places to grab a bite to eat and something to drink. The ever popular McDonalds is located on the main street, but if you want something a little more upmarket we can recommend The Colliefields across the road.  They serve the most amazing meals, desserts and cakes to die for. They have milkshakes in 22 different flavours and the most decadent iced coffees and shakes you have ever seen. Soon everyone will be ready to tackle the next adventure. 

 

SOLDIERS PARK AND THE SKATE PARK

Soldiers Park is a serious kid’s playground in the middle of a large grassy area on the banks of the river. With swings and slides and bridges and tubes to test their balance and nerve they will play for hours. At the end of the day they are sure to be ready for a good nights sleep. There’s room to kick a ball and some serious concrete paths to ride a bike or trike. Bring a picnic or use the BBQs and stay for the day.

Soldiers Park Playground

 

The bigger kids will just love the nearby Skate Park. The Park incorporates a tight bowl and a number of other technical features for them to test their skills on. Bring a bike, skateboard or scooter and they will spend hours showing off to each other. It’s sure to be a holiday to tell the kids back at school about.

 

Collie Skate Park

What does Drop Dead Fred, Sprocket’s Rocket and the Marri Meander have in common?

Collie’s newest mountain bike trail network, the Collie Wagyl Biddi, was officially opened recently, just in time for the Australia Day long weekend.

Hundreds of avid mountain bikers, as well as complete novices, have already had a go at the new nine-kilometre trail network with a series of connected trails built to beginner and intermediate level, including 4.5 kilometres of trails suitable for hand-cycles.

The Trail Head is located at Soldier’s Park on Lefroy Street in Collie and has toilets, water and parking, as well as a playground, skate park and barbecue facilities, making the trail a great all-round family experience.

The new trail is just one of many mountain biking trails in the region, including the world-class Munda Biddi Trail, Ray’s Trail, Two20 Trail, Dead Cats Trail and the Arklow Trail Network.

The trail names were chosen from more than 80 entries in a community competition. The overall network is to be known as Collie Wagyl Biddi. Wagyl being the mythical rainbow serpent that, according to legend, created the Collie River and Biddi, which means ‘path through the forest’ in the Noongar language.

The individual trail names are:

  • Drop Dead Fred – after a bag of bones was found during construction
  • Sprocket’s Rocket –a very popular suggestion after Eric’s cat and bike part
  • Wilman Trail – meaning ‘freshwater people’ after the local Aboriginal people
  • Marri Meander – due to the prevalence of Marri and nature of this trail
  • Rocky Horror – after the rock formations and nature of this trail.

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“Collie is fast becoming one of Western Australia’s premier tracks and trails hub, with a huge variety of experiences just waiting to be explored,” said Collie Shire President Sarah Stanley. “This new trail is perfect to showcase the type and quality of trails available in the region, attracting visitors to stay on and enjoy more trails, or return for another look.”

Long-time local trail advocate John Wallace said he was excited to see the trail up and running.

“So many were people riding it over the long weekend and social media buzzing with anticipation of a new destination to ride,” Mr Wallace said.

“The Collie town Trails are unique in that there are very few, if at all, opportunities in WA to have such quality trails right in the middle of a town.”

“We’re encouraging people to share their experiences of the new trails with the hashtag ‘#CollieTrails’.”

For more information on Collie’s trail network, contact the Collie Visitor Centre on 9734 2051